Courage to try again

Courage to try again

Luke 13:6-9 It’s a strange little parable we have today. The fate of a fig-tree appears to hang in the balance.

To Defy Danger

To Defy Danger

Luke 13:31-35 Last week we started to explore our Lenten theme of “courage”

Temptation

Temptation

Luke 4:1-13 Last week I talked about the wilderness and the mountain top, two symbols of those moments of transcendence, those moments of closeness to God that transform us, inspire us with a new sense of the reality of God, a new vision of who Jesus is and who we are called to be. Today, […]

Transfigured

Transfigured

Exodus 34:29-35 | Luke 9:28-36 There’s something about mountaintops.

Blessings and Woes

Blessings and Woes

Luke 6:20-26 One of the more troubling themes of Jesus’ teaching, one of the aspects of the gospel that we have a bit of a tendency to shy away from, perhaps, is this strand of thought, found most clearly and consistently in Luke’s gospel, but certainly present in the other records of Jesus’ life, that […]

Afraid, Forgiven, Sent

Afraid, Forgiven, Sent

Isaiah 6:1-8 | Luke 5:1-11 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord

Prophet without honour

Prophet without honour

Luke 4:21-30 It’s always interesting to notice which Old Testament stories Jesus chooses to allude to, and even more interesting to notice what he does with them.

Selective quotation

Selective quotation

Luke 4:14-21 We in the Church have, I think it’s fair to say, a complicated, ambiguous, relationship with the scriptures.

While Shepherds Watched

While Shepherds Watched

Luke 2:8-20 A man who has one watch knows what the time is. A man with two watches is never sure.

Prepare the way

Prepare the way

Luke 3:1-6 John the Baptist is a bit of an odd character.

Truth and Grace

Truth and Grace

Psalm 25 | John 1:14-18 We have seen his glory, full of grace and truth.

Mary

Mary

Matthew 1:18-21 | Luke 1:39-56 The last in our series of learning from the followers of Jesus takes us back, right back, to the first person who ever knew him. Back to Mary, his mother.

John

John

John 1:1-5 | 1 John 4:7-21 As we draw towards the end of our series on learning from the followers of Jesus, and towards the end of the Church year – it’s advent in just two weeks – and we come to the witness of John.

Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-28 Two stories today that I suspect we’ve all heard many times – the story of Zacchaeus, and the parable of the talents.

Lydia

Lydia

Acts 16:11-15 The third of Jesus’ early disciples in our series on learning from the followers of Jesus is one who never actually met Jesus, and one about whom we really know very little, but who nonetheless has captured the imagination of many.